Coronavirus Update: Delta Plans to Furlough 1,900 Pilots in October

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Good morning, it’s Tuesday, August 25. Here’s your daily coronavirus update.

There are over 23.6 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 813,000 deaths.

According to Johns Hopkins, the U.S. has surpassed 5.7 million cases with over 177,000 deaths.

Per the COVID-19 Tracking Project, there were 35,036 new cases reported Monday, which is slightly down from the 38,000 reported on Sunday. 682,054 new tests were reported. And 343 deaths were reported yesterday, which is the first time that deaths have dropped below 400 in a single day since late July per the data collected by the Tracking Project.

Delta plans to furlough 1,941 pilots in October, but believes that the layoffs could be avoided or reduced if the company can reach an agreement on cost cuts with the pilots' union.

Delta warned pilots of potential furloughs over the summer. But even after 1,806 pilots accepted early retirement packages, the airline said in a memo it will still have more pilots than it needs to cover a flight schedule slashed by reduced travel demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

John Laughter, senior vice president of flight operations, said in a memo, “We are six months into this pandemic and only 25% of our revenues have been recovered...Unfortunately, we see few catalysts over the next six months to meaningfully change this trajectory.”

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